Residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Roxanne is a Canadian singer/songwriter, performing artist, recording artist and independent music producer. Undeniably gifted, Roxanne lives her passion through her music. Lead woman of her reggae band Nile Groove, Roxanne has performed in festivals, special events, and legendary nightclubs with the band. Now stepping up her repertoire as a solo artist, Roxanne is gearing up to release her debut solo pop and dance album titled “Love Rebel” in January 2020.
With a bold and daring new solo sound, Roxanne expertly blends retro pop and 80’s charm into a memorable pop/dance single “Like Suga”. Out now and available on all streaming platforms, “Like Suga” is an invigorating club vibe that energizes listeners out of their seats. Dance and groove along to Roxanne's powerful vocal register, addicting melodies, hard-hitting bass and expert lyricism. Her whimsical love anthem “Like Suga” is sure to have any listener singing along to the infectious chorus. It’s hypnotizing and breathtaking all wrapped into one diverse soundscape. Roxanne’s vocal range and tone is finely-calibrated beyond our wildest dreams. I highly recommend you check out “Like Suga” and stay on the lookout for Roxanne’s debut album “Love Rebel” in January! A rarity in the music industry with her talent and versatility, Roxanne is only getting started.
Listen to “Like Suga” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Hey Roxanne! Welcome to BuzzMusic! How long have you been involved in the music industry? How did you get started?
Although music has been a part of my life since an early age, I’ve been a professional music artist in the music industry in many different music circles for the past decade.
I grew up with an eclectic mix of music which has influenced my wide taste in music repertoire. Having a passion for music, I attended a vocal program at De La Salle High School, an accomplished Ottawa-based art school, and followed my studies completing my university degree in music education, and music performance at The University of Ottawa in classical music and opera.
Following my studies, I performed on prestigious stages throughout North America in classical music and opera, and further expanded my music repertoire by singing with various local groups and international artists covering different music genres including rock, pop, funk, soul, blues, R&B, afrobeat, soca, and reggae music. During this time, as I also had a hunger to write original music, I wrote many unpublished songs ranging in various music genres.
Growing particularly fond of reggae and funk music, I joined Nile Groove, an Ottawa-based reggae and funk band in 2012 as the lead singer-songwriter, and in addition to being an active performing artist on the music scene with Nile Groove; I wrote and produced two albums with Nile Groove entitled “Uncovered” released in 2015, and “Insatiable” released in 2017.
Realizing that I had a lot of original material in the genre of pop, I compiled my pop songs and recorded and produced my newly released single, “Like Suga” and my upcoming debut solo album “Love Rebel” at Ottawa-based Metropolitan Studios with Mixing and Sound Engineer, Jason Jaknunas, mastered at PHS Studio in Toronto by Mastering Engineer Waleed Abdulhammid.
Continuing my involvement in the music industry working with my band, Nile Groove, collaborating with other artists, and of course, releasing my new music as a solo artist, I look forward to my future contributions in the music industry as well as the creative opportunities ahead.
We love your debut track “Like Suga”!! Can you tell us the meaning behind the lyrics and what you hope your fans take away from this song?
In order to give the opportunity for fans to interpret the song, connect with the song, and take away from the song what they feel is relevant to their own life, I won’t give too much of the narrative behind my song as “Like Suga”, like all of original music is based on my own life experiences. In short “Like Suga” tells the story of a person who is awakened by another, and longs to experience a thrilling world of love and lust with them.
From an artist perspective, what’s your favorite part of “Like Suga”? Why?
My favourite part of “Like Suga” is the overall complementary contrasts of its fusion of music genres and blends.
It’s my favourite part because its fusion which includes my favourite musical elements of 70’s disco, 80’s synth-pop, 90’s dance music, and contemporary pop music creates a rich soundscape of music nostalgia and current pop music found in one song, and I feel that that diversity of sound can resonant with any listener.
What can your fans expect from you debut solo album “Love Rebel”?
Like my released single, “Like Suga”, my upcoming album “Love Rebel” is vibrant in sound and encompasses an infectious momentum of energy with its fusion of pop, dance, and techno music combining organic and electronic instruments, raw beats, invigorating rhythms, hypnotic bass lines, entrancing hooks, captivating melodies, commanding vocals, lush harmonies, dreamy lyrics, and epic attitude with the addition of a club vibe.
“Love Rebel” is sure to make fans bop, dance, and hit replay.
Do you have any upcoming events you’d like to tell our readers about?
As a music artist, I’m thrilled to participate in many upcoming local shows in music venues and festivals with Nile Groove, with collaborating artists, and with my own solo band under Roxanne.
However, I am most excited to share the following three big announcements with fans:
The first is the release of the “Like Suga” official music video coming in August.
The second is the release of my upcoming single entitled “Move Yuh Body” in September.
The third is the release of my upcoming album “Love Rebel” set for January, 2020.
For more information about these upcoming events and my new music, my new videos, and more, I would love for readers to connect with me on my social media platforms!